Library:Guide to Subject Headings and Call Numbers in Biology

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When you are looking for material at UBC Library on Biology, you can use the Subject headings and Call Numbers we assign to books to help you. This guide offers a brief introduction to Subject Headings and Call Numbers in general. It also suggests some specific subject headings and call number ranges for Biology to get you started.

What are Subject Headings?

Subject Headings are standard terms used by the University of British Columbia Library (and most other college and university libraries) to show the subjects of library materials. Subject headings are assigned to all items listed in the online catalog and in many of our databases, which makes it easier to find books and articles on the same or similar topics.

InformationIcon.png Tip: Subject headings are hyperlinked, so you can click on the term to see other materials on the same topic.

What are Call Numbers?

Call numbers are a combination of letters and numbers that indicate the location of an item in the library. Call numbers at UBC Library are organized in groups according to the Library of Congress (LC) classification system. Because they are grouped by number, this means that you can find books on similar topics in the same area of the library.

Call Numbers for Biology

Browsing can be a useful way to find books on your topic. See the following call number ranges to support your BIOL 140 assignment:

Call Number Range Subjects
QH96 Freshwater Biology; Limnology
QL78 Aquariums
QL362 Invertebrates
QL391 Annelids; Lumbriculus; Lumbricus; Platyhelminthes (flatworms); Dugesia
QL401 – QL431 Molluscs; Gastropods; Littorina; Monadenia; Planorbella
QL434 Arthopods
QL435 Crustacea
QL444.B8 Branchiopods; Artemia; Daphnia
QL444.C7 Copepods; Tigriopus
QL444.M3 Amphipods; Gammaridae; Hyalella; Lagunogammarus; Decapods (crabs); Hemigrapsus; Palaemonidae; Isopods (pillbugs, wood lice); Armadillidium; Gnorimosphaeroma; Porcellio
QL461 – QL497 Insects; Entomology
QL508 Orthoptera; Acheta
QL537 Diptera; Drosophila
QL596 Coleoptera; Tribolium
QL614 - QL649; SH159 - SH167 Fishes; Carassius; Fish culture
*Please note that books may be located in the stacks or in the Reserve area. Check the library catalogue to see the location.

Some other call number ranges for Biology:

QH301-705.5 Biology (General)
  QH359-425 Evolution
  QH426-470 Genetics
  QH471-489 Reproduction
  QH501-531 Life
  QH540-549.5 Ecology
  QH573-671 Cytology
QK1-989 Botany
QL1-991 Zoology
  QL360-599.82 Invertebrates

If you need more assistance, please don't hesitate to ask a librarian for help. Come to the Woodward Library Information desk (hours) or contact Katherine Miller.